Although the elusive spring Chinook played hard to get this year, the great weather and good food helped ease the anglers pain.
“Folks saw a lot of fish out there but they just weren’t biting,” reported Tillamook Estuaries Partnership’s (TEP) Executive Director, Lisa Phipps.
John Lecarno led the pack capturing big fish, first place overall, and the captain’s award. Brad Philipsen came in second overall, guided by Curt Hedges. The annual event is hosted by the TEP’s board and staff to raise funds to fulfill TEP’s mission to conserve and restore Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds.
Fishing began early Saturday morning after a fun-filled Friday evening of ‘Tips and Tricks for Bay and Ocean Angling,” by guide Andy Schneider. Weigh-in opened at 2 p.m. and closed sharply at 4 p.m.
This year’s event wrapped up with a presentation, seafood feast, silent auction, and awards ceremony. Keynote speaker, Jim Martin, brought the audience of over 100 to their feet with his passionate and thoughtful presentation on the vital fisheries in Tillamook Bay.
We also bestowed the Jim Mundell Environmental Stewardship Award to Liane Welch, Tillamook County Public Works Director. Citing her commitment to partnerships and looking for opportunities to marry restoration to improving our roadways, Board President, Chris Knutsen, praised Welch’s efforts which have opened up miles of habitat to salmon and other aquatic species.
To support this annual fundraiser, our dedicated guides donated their services for the day: Curt Hedges, Greg Hublou, Pat Abel, Chris Vertopoulos, Jon Winter, Andy Schneider, Ted Teufel, Dave Harris, and David Johnson. Volunteers and participants came from all parts of Oregon to help out. This year’s Watershed sponsors were: Garibaldi House Inn and Suites, KTIL Family of Radios, Pacific Seafood, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Trinidad Tackle, Hook, Line ‘n Sinker Sports Bar and Grill, and Northwest Hardwoods.
Please visit our website for more information about the TEP: www.tbnep.org.